A burglary suspect in Lynbrook may be connected to an assault and a rape nearby, according to Nassau County detectives.
"At this time Fourth Squad detectives are investigating and have been in contact with State Park Police to see if there may be a connection with the three incidents," NCPD released in a statement Thursday.
On Aug. 12, police say a man forced his way into a Lois Place home and attempted to choke a woman. Cops say the man may also be responsible for an attack on a woman in Valley Stream the same evening as well as a Valley Stream rape.
In Lynbrook, a 58-year-old woman observed a black male, approximately 5-foot-8 with a thin build, get off a bicycle in front of her Lois Place home at 8:45 p.m. He walked up the front steps and allegedly forced the door open, entering the house. Cops added that he grabbed the victim in an "inappropriate manner over her pants and attempted to remove her jeans," before choking her. The victim was able to call out for help, and a neighbor called police.
The suspect fled on his bicycle westbound on Lois Place and then northbound towards Merrick Road.
Twenty minutes later in Valley Stream, police say a 30-year-old woman fought off a male attacker who shoved her to the ground, punched her in the face, and tried to rip her shirt off. She was able to fight off the attacker, who also fled on a bicycle.Detectives ask anyone with information regarding this crime to contact Nassau County Crime Stoppers at 1-800-244-TIPS. All callers will remain anonymous.